Working Safely with Concrete

Concrete is simple to work with, flexible, long-lasting, and cost-effective. It is also safe one of the safest building materials known if a few simple precautions are taken. Over the years, only a few people who work with concrete have been hurt when mixing, handling, or completing it. Below are some basic tips for anyone working with Portland cement and concrete, including safety, prevention, and common sense precautions.Find additional information at Concrete Hero, St Charles.

The construction site should be clearly identified to alert the public to the presence of workers. Public access can be restricted using fences, barricades, and warning signs. To reduce worker risks, the work environment should be kept clean and uncluttered. Keep in mind that everyone on site is responsible for protection.

Keep your head and eyes safe.

Construction equipment and machinery are a constant source of possible danger for construction workers. When working on any construction project, large or small, it is also recommended that head protection, such as a hard hat or safety hat, be worn.

When working with cement or concrete, proper eye protection is needed. Blowing dust, splattering asphalt, and other foreign objects are particularly dangerous to the eyes. Wearing full-cover goggles or safety glasses with side shields might be necessary on certain jobs. Keep in mind the sight is priceless. Use proper protective equipment and stay vigilant to protect your head and eyes.

Take Care of Your Back

Also in small amounts, all of the materials used to produce concrete – Portland cement, coarse aggregate, sand, and water – can be very strong. When lifting heavy objects, keep your back straight, your knees bent, and your weight between your legs as close to your body as possible. When lifting or carrying these objects, do not twist at the waist. Rather than putting a burden on your back by carrying a heavy load, seek assistance. Do remember to use your head rather than your back.

Enable mechanical machinery to function in your favour by putting concrete as close to its final location as possible. The concrete should be moved, not raised, into final position with a shovel after it has been poured in the desired area by chute, pump, or wheelbarrow. Spreading concrete is best done with a short-handled, square-end shovel, but special concrete rakes or come-alongs may also be used. Excessive horizontal movement of the concrete not only necessitates further effort, but it can also result in the separation of the concrete ingredients.

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1031 Howard Street, St Charles, IL 60174
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